Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology


Ph.D., University of Southern California

Field of Specialty

Visual perception and learning. Neural coding. Computational analysis of of sensory information processing.

Contact Information

Volen National Center for Complex Systems 220

Jozsef Fiser

Our research focuses on how structured visual information is acquired and converted into sophisticated internal representations for controlling cognition and behavior. We use an integrated approach with three main components: human psychophysical and learning experiments, computational modeling of perception and learning, and multi-electrode recording from behaving animals.

Lab website: http://www.bio.brandeis.edu/fiserLab/index.html


Berkes, P., Orbán, G., Lengyel, M., & Fiser, J.,. "Spontaneous cortical activity reveals hallmarks of an optimal internal model of the environment." Science 331. (2011): 83-87.

Roser, M. E., Fiser, J., Aslin, R. N., & Gazzaniga, M. S.. "Right hemisphere dominance in visual statistical learning." Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 23. (2011): 1088-1099.

Fiser, J., Berkes, P., Orbán, G., & Lengyel, M.. "Statistically optimal perception and learning: from behavior to neural representations." Trends in Cognitive Sciences 14. 3 (2010): 119-130.

Fiser, J. "Perceptual learning and representational learning in humans and animals." Learning and Behavior 37. (2009): 141-153.

Fiser, J. "The other kind of perceptual learning." Learning and Perception 1. (2009): 69-87.

Orbán, G., Fiser, J., Aslin, R.N., & Lengyel, M. "Bayesian learning of visual chunks by human observers." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105. (2008): 2745-2750.

Fiser, J., Scholl B. J., & Aslin, R. N. "Perceived object trajectories during occlusion constrain visual statistical learning." Psychonomic Bulletin and Review 14. (2007): 173-178.

Aslin, R. N., & Fiser, J. "Methodological challenges for understanding cognitive development in infants." Trends in Cognitive Sciences 9. (2005): 92-98.

Fiser, J., & Aslin, R. N. "Encoding multi-element scenes: Statistical learning of visual feature hierarchies." Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 134. (2005): 521-537.

Fiser, J., Chiu, C., & Weliky, M. "Small modulation of ongoing cortical dynamics by sensory input during natural vision." Nature 431. (2004): 573-578.

Fiser, J., Bex, P. J., & Makous, W. L. "Contrast conservation in human vision." Vision Research 43. (2003): 2637-2648.

Weliky, M., Fiser, J., Hunt, H. R., & Wagner, D. N. "Coding of natural scenes in primary visual cortex." Neuron 37. (2003): 703-718.

Fiser, J., & Aslin, R. N. "Statistical learning of higher-order temporal structure from visual shape sequences." Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory & Cognition 28. (2002): 458-467.

Fiser, J., & Aslin, R. N. "Statistical learning of new visual feature combinations by infants." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 99. (2002): 15822-15826.

Atkins, J., Fiser, J. and Jacobs, R. A. "Experience-dependent visual cue integration based on consistencies between visual and haptic percepts." Vision Research 41. (2001): 449-461.

Fiser, J. & Biederman, I. "Invariance of long-term visual priming to scale, reflection, translation and hemisphere." Vision Research 41. (2001): 221-234.

Fiser, J., & Aslin, R. N. "Unsupervised statistical learning of higher-order spatial structures from visual scenes." Psychological Science 12. (2001): 499-504.

Fiser, J., Subramaniam, S. and Biederman, I. "Size tuning in the absence of spatial frequency tuning in object recognition." Vision Research 41. (2001): 1931-1950.

Mel, B. W. & Fiser, J. "Minimizing binding errors using learned conjunctive features." Neural Computation 12. (2000): 731-762.

Dobbins, A. C., Jeo, R. M., Fiser, J. and Allman, J. M. "Distance modulation of neural activity in the visual cortex." Science 281. (1998): 552-555.

Fiser, J., Biederman, I., & Cooper, E. E. "To what extent can matching algorithms based on direct outputs of spatial filters account for human object recognition?." Spatial Vision 10. (1996): 237-271.

Fiser, J. & Biederman, I. "Size invariance in visual object priming of gray-scale images." Perception 27. (1995): 741-748.

Courses Taught

NPSY 137b Cognitive Modeling
NPSY 196b Advanced Topics in Cognition
PSYC 51a Statistics